Gilbert-R. Hart, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.-Obituary

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Gilbert R. Hart, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

Ballwin, Missouri

Nov 13, 1947 – Jul 6, 2019


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Schrader Funeral Home And Crematory - Ballwin Obituary

Gilbert R. Hart, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., was born in the Great Lakes Naval Center, Waukegan, IL, and raised in San Diego, California. He served in the United States Army from January 1967 - December 1969 as a medic and dental assistant, and was stationed at West Point, South Vietnam, and Ft. Monmouth, N.J. While in Vietnam, he served with the 44th Medical Brigade, assigned to the 137th Medical Detachment of the 9th Infantry Division. After his military service, Dr. Hart married Nancy Borus Hart, a dental hygienist, on August 1, 1970 in N.J. He returned to school to earn his B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1974 and his M.S. degree in Nutrition Science in 1976, both from San Diego State University. He then taught nutrition at San Diego State University and the San Diego Community College District.

Dr. Hart and his family moved to St. Louis in 1978 to attend Washington University’s School of Dental Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Washington University in 1982. While beginning his private general practice in St. Louis, Dr. Hart also served as a clinical instructor at the Washington University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Hart had been a member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society since 1982 and served three terms on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and earned his Fellowship status in 1994. He served as a St. Louis Delegate to the House of Delegates of the Missouri Dental Association for many years, was a member of the Advisory Board to the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, in the Dental Technologies Department, and had been a member of the Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team (M.E.R.I.T.) since its inception. In 2009, he served as president of the Washington University School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association and was inducted into the International College of Dentists in 2011. He and his office team participated in the St. Louis program for underprivileged children, “Give Kids a Smile!” and visited local schools to educate children about dental health.

His special interest in dentistry was the field of Cosmetic Dentistry. He felt it most rewarding and satisfying to improve an individual’s smile and self-esteem. He believed that a person who has great self-esteem is happier and a more productive member of society. Cosmetic Dentistry is an art form which requires the dentist to have special skills and a more specialized education in this field.

Dr. Gilbert R. Hart is survived by Nancy Hart, his wife of 49 years, their son, Christopher Hart, his wife, Cindy, daughter, Kelly Hart, as well as three granddaughters, Madison, Peyton, and Carley. Dr. Hart and Nancy practiced together from 1984 until 2016, promoting a strong sense of excellent quality dentistry, high standards, honesty, and professionalism to their patients and their families in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Time away from the office was spent with his family, as an Elder for Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, and he enjoyed golf and fishing!

Services: Memorial Service at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road, Ballwin, Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis. Gilbert Hart was the third generation of Harts to be stricken with the disease. Memorial Visitation at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at

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I am saddened to hear that my friend and colleague is gone. I miss the weekend golf games. I was terrible, but Gil always seemed to enjoy the day none the less. Nancy and family, thank you for the kindness and generosity over the past years from myself and Debbie.

With deepest sympathy. REST IN PEACE.

Nancy and Family,so sorry to hear of Gil's passing.Love Geri,Mel and family

Love Fred and Bunky Pidgeon.

Very saddened to learn of Dr. Hart's passing. I was a patient of Dr. Hart's through my childhood, teen, and college years. I always looked forward to my dentist appointments and remember with great fondness Dr. Hart's kind and caring heart. My deepest condolences to Nancy and Kelly who also influenced me in more ways than one. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

I was a patient of Dr Hart's from the time my first baby teeth came in until he retired, for over 20 years. He was a kind, patient, and caring man who took great care of my and my family for years. I am deeply saddened to hear this news and I just wanted to send my love to his wonderful wife, and my hygienist for over 20 years, Nancy. My deepest condolences Nancy, and the Gilb/Emory family is here for you. Ill never for get when you taught me how to properly brush my teeth on the little horse...

On the behalf of all the team who worked with Dr. Hart, I want to express our deepest condolences to the Hart family. Dr. Hart was an excellent dentist that always took care of his patients and team. He was generous, humble and kind to everyone. I am forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me to take care of his patients. He took great pride in his dentistry and the office he built to care for his patients. His legacy is present everyday.

Dear Nancy and family, We are so sorry to learn of Dr. Hart's passing. It is so hard to believe that it has been 33 yrs since we first became patients of yours. Both of you were so amazing and the care you gave to your patients goes without saying, it was the best. I can only send my condolences and hope that knowing Dr. Hart is with our Lord and Saviour brings you some small comfort. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Julia (Pace) Krull, Jonathan Pace & Joshua Williams

Dear Nancy, Chris, Kelly, and other family members--Gil was a great friend to Alan and me, and also to Becky and Brian. I will always treasure how much he was willing to do for others, and his support of the many years of the Buehrle Family Foundation annual golf tournament was just one of the examples of his kindness. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.